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Calls error code at end of first rinse

This machine runs normally but at the end of the ist rinse it gives error code 136. To continue it is turned off and advanced to rinse 2 and finishes correctly.

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  • 14mikeblake Jun 06, 2010

    Nope, it runs like a charm with no leaks and the fault has repeated for several months in exactly the same manner.

    Thanks for your interest :-)

  • 14mikeblake Jun 06, 2010

    I'm thinking it may be the position sensor, the last time I measured the windings they were 31.6 - 31.6 - 31.7 ohms which seems pretty balanced & Ok to me. I haven't tried a single rise as yet. How would I check for the seized bowl ? everything seems to be working Ok when running.

    Cheers ........... Mike B

  • 14mikeblake Jun 06, 2010

    Yeah, that sounds logical. The bowl spins freely and I agree the controller sounds like the best bet. I assume the program is held in an eprom ?? if so can the program be downloaded from any where ?? Can you point me towards some one who does not require body parts for an exchange controller please ??

    Cheers ......... Mike B

  • 14mikeblake Jun 06, 2010

    Thanks, I'm in Perth.

  • 14mikeblake Jun 07, 2010

    Ok thanks again for the help.

    If you have some short cuts on checking the position sensor I would appreciate it.
    I assume that one drops the outer rotor off to do that ?? Would that be done with the machine on it's front or do you work from the top ??

    Regards ............ Mike B

  • robert Dec 04, 2012

    Hi Mike B. I have exact same problem as you had- machine stops at end of rinse 1 - with error code 136. but otherwise runs fine and will finish the load normally if i advance it to rinse 2. wWhat ended up being the solution to your problem. (I have already checkd the motor windings and the bearing for free movement) Any advice appreciated. thanks, Rob.



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Hi just read your posting.Error 136 means you have''Motor Stall " fault. Now just a couple of questions, has your machine been noisy on spin?does the machine leak water?Please reply with answers and I can help you rectify this fault.

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  • luisa_sgro Jun 06, 2010

    Thanks for the quick reply. On my service manual it says that the most likely source of this fault is seized bowl or your motor has a faulty phase,"there are 3 phases on your motor.The secondary thing that could be causing your problem is a faulty motor controller.Have you tried select one rinse instead of 2 rinses. Have you tried the traditional wash mode?If you have or can borrow an electrical test meter then we can eliminate the motor as the problem. Please reply back and I can help you further.

  • luisa_sgro Jun 06, 2010

    HI just read your posting.!st to check to see if the bowl is seizing open the lid and turn it by hand.If it turns relatively freely then it is not the bearings.The manual did mention position sensor but because your posting said it does the wash ok, the 1st rinse ok and the spin ok I don't think it will be the position sensor.You can check the sensor by removing the motor and checking the sensor for corrosion .If you need help to do this please reply .My best guess on the cause of your fault is the motor controller.If we have this fault at a customers house we 1st change the controller and if that doesn't rectify the fault then we remove the motor and check the position sensor.I know that this is difficult for you to do this because you do not have the spare parts like we do.The only way to test the position sensor is with a meter that is given to us by the company .Try having a look at the sensor 1st and check for corrosion and please reply and tell me what you find.The fault on your machine has some unusual symptoms but hopefully we can track the cause of the fault.

  • luisa_sgro Jun 06, 2010

    What country are you in? I know of someone that could help you in Australia.Does that help you all?Please reply and I can supply you with the details.

  • luisa_sgro Jun 07, 2010

    Now the name of the place is called Module Repair .They are in Ringwood in Melbourne.Now if you send it by Express post they will test it and repair it and send it back.It will probably take about 1 week .The phone number is 0398793400.Give them a ring and they will organize everything.IF you need additional help please don't hesitate to reply.Good luck.

  • luisa_sgro Jun 07, 2010

    How are ya? Now to get to the rotor sensor to check it, first take off the inlet hoses and lay the machine on its side so you can see underneath.Now you will see the outer rotor with a plastic nut in the center.Undo this nut and pull the outer rotor off. You will see 4x 10mm bolts holding the windings to the base of the bowl.Undo these bolts and remove the windings slowly.Remove the wires to the windings,noting the position of the red ,yellow, and blue wires.Also remove the wiring harness to the rotor sensor. Now remove the rotor sensor from the windings and check for corrosion.Please reply with what you find.Hope this helps ,Good luck.


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